The vast culture and heritage of India can be travelled in various ways, starting from an adventurous road journey to a beautiful leisure sea cruise. But this country offers an alternative and intimate way to its travellers. A way that not only satisfies the cultural interest but also caters to all the luxurious needs. Trains; the luxury travel on wheels.
The Indian Railways has a fleet of luxury trains that elaborate the experience of its travelling. These trains are the best way to go down the historic memory lane, relishing and savoring the royal treatment that they offer onboard.
Palace on Wheels
Launched to enhance the Rajasthan tourism, this train enjoys the status of being the fourth most luxurious train in the world. Starting its journey from Delhi all across Rajasthan, this train has a lot stored in its kitty. The first halt of this luxury vehicle is at the beautiful Pink city, Jaipur. The passengers are taken on a city tour allowing them to indulge in the experience of exploring this city. Taking its next break in Sawai Madhopur, the travelers are exposed to the wilderness of Ranthambore national park followed by a lavish lunch.
The train then continues its journey towards Chittaurgarh, a place that is known for its historic events of love and heroism along with the magnificent forts. The journey then proceeds to Udaipur, a place famous for the crystal gallery and numerous lakes. Moving on to Jaisalmair, the heart of the Thar Desert; Jodhpur, the Blue city and Bharatpur. The train marks its final destination with its visit to Agra, a place famous for the Taj Mahal and the Red Fort at Fatehpur Sikri, before starting its return journey to Delhi.
An endeavor proposed by the Maharashtrian government to boost tourism, Deccan Odyssey aims to reach the five-star status on wheels. This train starts its seven-day journey from Mumbai exposing its royal travellers to famous tourist spots. Halting on the second day at the spiritual city Nashik, the passengers enjoy the sight of holy rituals being performed at the Ghats. After giving its passengers a complete day to explore the city, the train starts for its next destination at dawn.
Aurangabad, the place known for the famous Ellora Caves. Further the train halts at the Ajanta caves, Jalgaon. On the fifth day, the train enters the multifaceted city of Kolhapur. This city offers various museums and markets to the tourists. The famous Mahalaxmi temple resides in the heart of this city. After an eventful day, the train continues its journey to the popular destination, Goa. Goa exposes the passengers to the Portuguese culture along with the serenity of the splendid beaches. The next destination before starting its return journey to Mumbai is Ratnagiri, where the passengers are exposed to the vast vegetation along with a spiritual tour.
The Golden Chariot
Experience the charm of South India in this luxurious train. Touring along Karnataka, Goa, Kerala and Tamil Nadu, this train takes you on a splendid journey through the culture and heritage of South India. From historical monuments to famous beaches and wilderness, these wheels will make you experience the most wondrous eight days of your life. Painted in royal Gold and Purple, this train can be easily distinguished from others.
The journey starts from Bangalore and moves through Mysore, halting at Srirangapatna, Mysore Palace; the Nagarhole National Park at Kabini and moving ahead to the historical sites of Shravanabelagola; Belur, famous for Hoysala architecture and a world heritage site, Halebidu, Hampi. Later on entering into the triangular heritage site of Badami, Pattadakal, Aihole, and finally the Golden Beaches of Goa before ending in Bangalore.
The Golden Chariot provides accommodations for 44 cabins in 11 coaches and these cabins are known to be named after the dynasties that ruled the region. True to its name the Golden chariot offers the top-notch experience to its travellers.
The Maharaja Express
The most recent addition to the list of luxury wheels is the Maharaja Express. Launched in 2010, this train has truly redefined luxury. This train offers five variant routes to its passengers, each having an exquisite name; Heritage of India, Treasure of India, Gems of India, Indian Panorama and the Indian Splendor; offering captivating views across the country, The Maharaja Express lures its passengers with a breathtaking tour around the country leaving them wonderstruck.
This train offers various luxuries to its tourist, starting with fine dining areas that can accommodate up to 42 people along with complimentary drinks and snacks from the luxurious bar. Another special facility of this train is the internet service that it provides to its passengers. A blend of both, this train offers its passengers a royal treatment along with a touch of technology.
Royal Rajasthan on Wheels
Starting its journey in 2009, these luxury wheels have claimed the title of being India’s most luxurious tourist train. The seven-day exquisite travel follows a similar route as that of Palace on Wheels. Departing from Delhi, it travels through the cities of Rajasthan. A perfect blend of rich culture and modern facilities, it is known for its spacious compartments with attached bathrooms, along with luxurious bar lounges, spa privileges and internet facilities.
The train makes its first stop at Jodhpur exposing the passengers to the Mehrangarh Fort, huge city gateways, the museums along with the handicrafts bazaar. After a lavish lunch in a five-star hotel, the journey continues to its next destination, Udaipur. The tourist experiences the warm hospitality of The Lake Palace Hotel along with the beautiful boat rides it offers. The visit to Udaipur ends at noon and the journey moves ahead to Chittaurgarh, famous for its Hill Fort and the light and sound show. Dinner is served on the board as the train proceeds to the jungles of Ranthambore. The train halts for a full day here letting its passengers join the adventurous safari of the national park. On the fourth day, it reaches the Pink city, Jaipur where the passengers enjoy the visit to Amber Fort and Mirror palace along with a lavish elephant ride.
Moving ahead, the train halts at Khajuraho, a place famously known for its erotic Kamasutra temples. The temples in Khajuraho were built over a period of 200 years. The next halt takes the passengers to the city of Varanasi. Enjoying the holy visit, the tourists are exposed to the bathing rituals along with the versatile markets. The train moves ahead to its final stop, Agra, where the famous Taj Mahal resides before starting its journey back to Delhi.
The priceless experience of royalties is served through this luxurious travel. Elegance with a Comfort!
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